Railway Operations Class

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NuRail Project IDNURail2013-UTK-E03
Project TitleRailway Operations Class
UniversityUniversity of Tennessee at Knoxville
Principal InvestigatorDavid Clarke
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Agency ID or Contract NumberDTRT13-G-UTC52 (Grant 2)
Start Date2013-10-01
End Date2018-09-30
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Brief Description of Research ProjectIncreasing the number and diversity of rail focused courses is an important step in rebuilding America’s railway education infrastructure. Currently, most college level rail courses are on railway civil engineering topics. A new course to be jointly developed by the Universities of Tennessee and South Carolina will address railway operations. Providing engineering students with a better understanding of operations can improve infrastructure design and maintenance practices. The course will also attract business students interested in a career in railway management.
The course goal is to present basic operating principles of North American freight and passenger railroading, including shared access corridors handling both services. Identified course topics include railway vehicle and infrastructure fundamentals; freight and passenger services; traffic planning and management; terminal and line haul operations; labor relations and management; and railway administration.
Content would address operating differences based on railroad size or market (e.g., intercity passenger versus commuter rail, Class 1 freight railroad versus Class 3 short line). Students would not need prior railroad knowledge. However, they should have upper class or graduate standing.
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